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Do Meds Help PN?
May 19, 2004

I am 18 months infected, with very good T Cells and low VL which by themselves would not indicate starting ART treatment. However in the last 2 weeks I've been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in hand, feet and other areas. I'm on low dose neurontin, 100mg 3 times a day, which is managing the pain. My question is would ART meds likely assist in healing or preventing further progression of the neuropathy? Your help is appreciated. Regards.

Response from Dr. Henry

It would be a little unusual for HIV neuropaty to have the distribution that you describe. I assume you have been evaluated by an interested neurologist and even had nerve conduction studies done to verify the diagnosis?? If sensory neuropathy due to HIV is felt to be a likely diagnosis then a trial of HIV therapy for 3-6 months may be a considertion to observe whether the neuropathy gets better. A wide range of medical conditions (from diabetes to kidney disease to infections to vitamin deficiencies) can cause a peripheral neuropathy so I assume you have had a thorough work-up. KH

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